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March 4, 2021


Portion of the Week          7pm



Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   5pm*

Candle lighting   5:34pm

No in person services



No in person services

Shabbat ends   6:34pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  on hiatus



Virtual Hebrew School



Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm*


Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm*


















Parshat Ki Tisa includes one of the more deflating episodes of the entire Torah. A scant 40 days from the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai at least a portion of the Israelites became involved in an activity that bordered of Avodah Zara (idol worship) with the golden calf. There were mitigating factors but the idea that speaks to our present time is the factor of panic and confusion. The people miscalculated the time of Moses' return and were terrified at the prospect of his never returning. They felt completely bereft and adrift in the middle of an inhospitable desert and were desperate. 

Our sages say that the Yetzer Harah (evil inclination) is most effective at times of panic and confusion and was thus able to get the best of an otherwise holy nation. In this time of fear and concern about our health and the future we pray for the wisdom to make good decisions even in a time of crisis.

Fittingly, this is the 3rd of the special readings called Parshat Para regarding the red heifer that was processed into a potion that purified a person who came into contact with the dead. The midrash connects the 2 by explaining that on some level this process served as atonement for the sin of the golden calf.

This weekend the Rabbi is away and in light of other multiple absences our in-person services will be on hiatus for this Shabbat. Additionally, our virtual "Greet Shabbat" will now be presented Fridays at 5pm. Havdalah/Kumzitiz is also on a one week hiatus.

Passover on the Horizon:

A bulletin will be forthcoming detailing the ins and outs of Passover observance at the synagogue both virtually and in person. We expect to hold a community in-person seder the second night of Passover, March 28, on the plaza, weather permitting. The first seder will be a special challenge as it takes place on Saturday night March 27.


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